On the 24th, presidential candidate Yoon Seok-yeol criticized the Moon Jae-in administration’s ‘Korean Peninsula peace process’ as a “complete failure” and said, “The Yun Seok-yeol administration will normalize inter-Korean relations.” “If North Korea actively engages in ‘complete and verifiable denuclearization’, it will prepare a peace agreement between the two Koreas and provide full economic support,” he said. It is interpreted that North Korea is trying to win over conservative supporters by revealing its security vision amid the extremely unstable situation on the Korean Peninsula since the beginning of the year, suggesting that North Korea will resume its nuclear test and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch.
○ 尹 “No ‘show’ at the inter-Korean summit”
On the same day, Candidate Yoon announced a diplomatic and security pledge under the theme of ‘a global pivotal country that contributes to freedom, peace and prosperity’. At this meeting, he said, “North Korea has been blatantly provocative, such as testing a ‘hypersonic’ missile while upgrading its nuclear capabilities. damaged,” he criticized. Despite the North’s successive provocations, he asserts that “the government is representing North Korea to lift economic sanctions on North Korea first.”
“The Yun Seok-yeol administration will normalize inter-Korean relations,” Yoon said. To this end, Candidate Yoon advocated ‘peace through strength’. As for the methodology, the establishment of a South Korean-style three-axis system such as a kill chain (preemptive strike in the event of an imminent North Korean missile provocation) in preparation for a North Korean nuclear missile attack and the advancement of advanced power such as surveillance and reconnaissance assets were reiterated. He also emphasized that the two countries are a ‘blood alliance’ and said, “We will rebuild the Korea-U.S. alliance that has collapsed under the Democratic Party.”
He also announced plans to provide full economic support to North Korea in the event of substantial denuclearization. Candidate Yoon said, “If North Korea actively pursues complete and verifiable denuclearization, we will prepare a large-scale investment support program together with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and international financial institutions such as the World Bank.” When asked what North Korea’s practical denuclearization measures mean, the answer was “permit full inspection of North Korea’s nuclear development facilities.” Candidate Yoon said, “When that is reached, I will persuade the international community to support North Korea’s industrial development and economy.”
Regarding the possibility of holding an inter-Korean summit to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue, Candidate Yoon said, “What kind of preliminary agreement has to be reached and the leaders have to meet. do,” he said. However, he said, “We will always keep the door for dialogue open,” and “We will set up an inter-Korean liaison office in Panmunjom or Washington, D.C.”
○ Target the traditional conservatives ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday
Rep. Park Jin, who was present at the announcement of Candidate Yoon’s pledge on that day, emphasized, “Candidate Yoon invited 30 experts in each field as advisors and held six meetings every Tuesday morning to prepare a blueprint for the future of diplomacy and security.” In a situation where North Korea is raising the level of provocations and trying to turn the clock on the Korean Peninsula back to 2017, it is intended to highlight the image of Candidate Yun as a stable person with a firm security philosophy.
An official from the Election Response Headquarters said, “We have prepared several key promises, such as diplomatic and security and judicial pledges, to be announced ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.
The Democratic Party criticized Yoon’s security plan, saying, “Candidate’s words and promises contradict each other and conflict with each other” as a ‘no-nonsense feast’. Hwang Bang-yeol, a spokesman for the Democratic Party’s election committee, said, “Candidate Yoon said that he could provide economic support through UN sanctions exemption in the event of substantial denuclearization of North Korea, but only after a nuclear inspection. ), in the sense that it will only be possible later, and it is sticking to the already failed ‘seon-denuclearization theory’,” he pointed out.
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